Posted by Meg Schmieder , Community Program Coordinator, ShelterBox Canada

In her November 2022 Newsletter, Meg SchmeiderCommunity Program Coordinator at ShelterBox Canada, provides an update on how Rotary and Shelterbox are working together to help those in the Horn of Africa and how we can help. Here's more of her newsletter.....

ShelterBox Update NOVEMBER 2022:


Right now, every 48 seconds, someone is dying from hunger in the Horn of Africa. The region is currently facing its worst drought in 40 years. Almost 20 million people have been affected by the drought and famine has been declared in Ethiopia. People are on the brink of starvation in Kenya, Somalia, Somaliland, Eritrea, and Djibouti.

ShelterBox is responding to the crisis in the Horn of Africa. For the latest info, sign up to receive monthly disaster updates here.
Crops are failing, livestock is dying, and the situation continues deteriorating, causing millions of people to leave their homes and livelihoods in search of food. Four consecutive failed rainy seasons, exacerbated by climate change, have led to crop failures and shortages. Rising fuel and food costs have made this situation dire for many. This is a major humanitarian crisis.
Families across the Horn of Africa have had to sell their properties in order to pay for basic essentials. As a result, drought has not only caused a desperate need for food and water, but also a huge need for emergency shelter. Currently, ShelterBox is providing emergency shelter aid to 13,000 displaced people affected by the drought in the Somali region of Ethiopia. Our aid includes tarpaulins, rope, and other essential items. Learn more here

Meg Schmeider

Community Fundraising Coordinator, ShelterBox Canada

2010 Winston Park Drive, Suite 200, Oakville, ON, L6H 5R7

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ShelterBox Canada is a registered Canadian charity (Charity Number 84628 3208 RR0001).

Mailing Address: ShelterBox Canada, 200-2010 Winston Park Drive, Oakville, ON, L6H 5R7



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Check out this update on our response to the Pakistan floods using our 'train the trainer' model. 

The Pakistan floods have affected over 33 million people, taken 1,545 lives to date, and inundated millions of acres of land leaving nearly 2 million homes damaged or destroyed. ShelterBox has a team and aid on the ground. We’re working in partnership with Islamic Relief Worldwide (IRW) and Islamic Relief Pakistan in-country to get our aid to thousands of people affected by the floods. Our team is working to provide tents, water filters and carriers, mosquito nets, and solar lights. As winter approaches, we are also looking to provide blankets and sleeping mats. Thank you so much for your continued support. Thanks to our amazing supporters like you, ShelterBox is able to provide lifesaving aid to families affected by flooding in Pakistan.



Just days before Christmas in 2021, the Philippines was hit by Typhoon Rai. As the strongest storm to hit the country that year, more than half a million homes were destroyed. Thanks to our supporters, nearly 100,000 people received ShelterBox aid to pave the road to their recovery. Check out our recap of our Typhoon Rai response. Here is a follow-up.

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Did you know that there is a Rotary and ShelterBox Support Group on Facebook? It is a group that brings together Rotarians, ShelterBox Supporters, Staff and ShelterBox Response Teams to discuss all things ShelterBox and Rotary. It is a great place to see the latest operations updates, Rotary deployment information and video content to share with your Rotary Club. If you would like to join the group and conversation, please search for “Rotary and ShelterBox Support Group” on Facebook and ask to join the conversation!



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Join the ShelterBox community today and you’ll receive exclusive updates about where ShelterBox is working, how you’re aid supports families, and stories directly from the people you are helping.

But more importantly, you’ll be joining a community of passionate individuals who are impatient to see a world where no one is left without shelter.

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About ShelterBox Canada: Canada is a registered charity that has been a part of the global ShelterBox network since 2010. We have a team of over 120 volunteers across the country who share their passion with us and help us raise awareness and fundraise across the country. There are ten Canadian ShelterBox Response Team members who work tirelessly with the rest of the International Response Team to deliver aid to families who need it around the world. To learn more about our board and staff click here .

ShelterBox and Rotary are official project partners in international disaster relief. ShelterBox is a registered charity independent of Rotary International and the Rotary Foundation.  Since  2012, we have been neighbours, friends and community leaders. Their aim is to create positive, lasting change in communities at home and all over the world.project partners with Rotary International, a global community of 1.2 million. Rotary has supported ShelterBox from the start when a local club championed the simple idea to package up essential shelter items in our now-iconic ShelterBoxes. As ShelterBox grew, so did Rotary support, and we are now international project partners in disaster relief. This partnership has helped us to become who we are today. Our global network of ShelterBox affiliates, which provides all-round assistance, evolved from Rotary relationships.



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